Suburban Centres Programme gains traction

Posted on July 13, 2011 by


Community feedback presentations for the Lyttelton and Sydenham Suburban Centres Programme will be made next week. More than 400 people took part in the Council-led Suburban Centres Programme workshops and focus group sessions held in May and June 2011 to put forward their ideas and aspirations on how their commercial centres could be redeveloped. This feedback was used to produce the initial framework for two draft Master Plans and following the upcoming community feedback sessions the ideas and options will be further developed before the draft Master Plans are presented to the Council, who will then decide on whether to adopt the plans and how to progress with the implementation.

The details for the sessions are:

Sydenham community feedback presentation

Tuesday 19 July

6.30pm to 8.00pm

Sydenham Central Mall, 363 Colombo Street, Sydenham.

Lyttelton community feedback presentation

Wednesday 20 July

1.00pm to 2.30pm or

7:00pm to 8:30pm


Thursday 21 July

7:00pm to 8:30pm

Lyttelton Recreation Centre, 25 Winchester Street, Lyttelton.


In addition to Lyttelton and Sydenham, the commercial areas centred around the shopping centre on the corner of Worcester and Stanmore streets (Stanmore shops) and Selwyn shops (at the intersection of Selwyn and Rosewarne streets) have also been identified as requiring a master plan approach.

The Council has also resolved to undertake a master plan process for Ferry Road/Main Road from the City to the Sea. A long corridor of commercial activity, this will require a different approach to producing a master plan than that used for the more contained centres. Investigations are now underway to determine the scope and process for this master plan (I am already starting to think ‘tram from Sumner to the Airport via the CBD, Riccarton, and University’! – more of that in a future post). There will also be a  Council supported community-led master plan for Sumner.

Further investigation work for the following centres will help decide whether or not a master plan might be suitable:

  • Aranui
  • Edgware
  • Linwood
  • Woolston
  • New Brighton

All other suburban centres will fall within the Case Management work stream. The great thing about this process is that it seeks to arrange architectural and urban design advice  on building proposals. The idea will be to encourage a collaborative approach between the Council, property owners, and other support agencies for earthquake repair and rebuild. Case Managers may be able to facilitate collaborative discussions between neighbouring building owners and, where relevant, provide advice on wider urban renewal and planning considerations (e.g. transport, parks and recreation, community development, and heritage). Hopefully this means we end up with some vibrant and attractive suburban centres, and not a sea of carparks with small boxes at the other end!